Importance of a Well-Informed Citizenry

By Olivia Murray

Published: November 16, 2021 Noon EST

(3 minute read)

On September 17 in 1787, the greatest American thinkers gathered together as delegates to the Constitutional Convention. As Benjamin Franklin left the Pennsylvania State House, he was approached by an inquisitive citizen. The young American asked, “What kind of government do we have?” To this, Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Kennedy spoke of American heritage, proclaiming we are “heirs of that first revolution.” Have we responsibly honored the sacrifices of our forefathers? Have we maintained the integrity of our constitutional Republic?

Famed orator Edward Everett, the man who preceded Lincoln at Gettysburg said, “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” If we allow honesty to prevail, we must recognize our complacency has facilitated a Marxist takeover of our prized institutions. We have experienced the erosion of true education, and the decay of the limited and defined government established by our Founders.

If you were to poll a large sample of modern-day Americans, it’s likely many might vocalize their misinformed belief that these United States are a democracy. American illiteracy of history and common sense permeates past just the citizenry, and has infected the very agencies that are meant to conserve our past and principles.

The irony abounds. The very agency that is responsible for the guardianship of our most important and authoritative legal document is designating it as “harmful content.” The building itself has inscriptions that read “The glory and romance of our history are here preserved in the chronicles of those who conceived and builded the structure of our nation;” and “This building holds in trust the records of our national life and symbolizes our faith in the permanency of our national institutions.”

Massie is right. Our founding documents were formed out of biblical precepts, and are therefore incredibly dangerous, but only to tyrants. Herein lies the very reason these despots go to such great lengths to deny its contents, censor its presence, or rewrite it altogether. With an informed citizenry, their totalitarianism will be “as short in their lives” as they will be “violent in their deaths.”

What can be learned? That Edward Everett was right. The best safeguard for our liberty is education. Proficiency in the wisdom and ancestry of America’s founders; a scholarly inclination towards the sacred texts that tyrants fear: the Holy Bible, the Declaration, and the Constitution.


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